Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn
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4.01/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
06-27-2014 22:01:33 | More by Dave1999
4/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
07-23-2014 03:02:21 | More by DrDemento456
3.9/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
08-05-2014 19:12:22 | More by thehyperduck
3.84/5 rDev +12%
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.
05-28-2014 13:51:14 | More by WhiteHillsStore
3.81/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-11-2014 03:36:53 | More by biboergosum
3.79/5 rDev +10.5%
"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.
07-16-2014 22:41:14 | More by scotorum
3.74/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-29-2014 23:18:09 | More by Dr_Bahmbay13
3.71/5 rDev +8.2%
330 ml bottle purchased as part of the sampler pack from the LCBO. Cost is about $2.40 CDN per bottle.
Appearance - Clear coppery bronze color, with some golden highlights. Capped by over a finger of head which dissipates down to a thin layer of foam on top. A few bubbles rise to the surface.
Smell - Hints of vanilla and oak, as per the usual Innis and Gunn fare, but also some significant hints of toffee and a slightly sour malt backbone.
Taste - Pretty much like the nose, oak and vanilla, with some mild bitterness coming through and a slightly dry vinous flavor shining through.
Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, and a dry finish.
Overall - Pretty much what you'd expect from I&G if they were to do an EIPA, but nonetheless it is quite tasty and is one of their most distinctive beers that I've had the pleasure of enjoying.
08-12-2014 03:08:12 | More by DenisKolkin
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
06-25-2014 05:33:22 | More by DoubleJ
Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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