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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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Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013

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Photo of Sheppard
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect golden hue. Translucent. Not a huge amount of aroma. It's a sweet sappy, with a touch of oak, and not too much bitterness. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of English hops, oranges, mild oak, chamomile and sweet flowers.
Flavor with notes of charred wood, slightly toasted malts, smoke, English hops, ginger, grapefruit-orange citrusy, resin and tobacco. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a mild but lingering woody note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
I did like this English IPA. It is refreshing, crisp with nice citrusy orange-grapefruit notes and a smoke-tobacco twist.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, BBE MAY 15. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A coppery amber body, one finger of frothy white head, some sediment in the glass.

S - Aroma is comprised of muted overripe green apple & cream and little else.

T - Taste follows the nose: very muted flavorings. No overt notes of herbal / earthy / leafy / piney hop presence, no overt notes of citrus zest or fruit, and no apparent notes of oak aging or caramel / toffee / vanilla. I'm not exactly sure what this tastes like, but definitely not what i was expecting / hoping for.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Medium-light & easy drinking. Crisp carb.

Overall, not what i was hoping for at all. i will try to acquire a fresher bottle in the future.

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak India Pale Ale -----3/5.

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Photo of janubio
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colour, with a small head that fades soon, almost no lace. Aroma of wood, some citrus, peach, tobacco. Medium body, flat carbonation. Taste is sweet, f peach, citrus, tobacco. I can't find the IPA character. Mild beer.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pale gold, clear, with a creamy white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Not much lacing.

S-A nice amount of oak up-front, some vanilla, earthiness and some citrus notes underlying. Nice, but not overly complex. It is difficult to ascertain all the nuances (a bit muddled)

T- This is a peculiar melding of flavors. Oak,woody, vanilla, and some citrus notes intertwine. Finished with a lingering grassy/earthy bitterness (which is fairly subdued).

F-This one finishes quite dry. Medium-high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel, which go very well
together. Quite quaffable indeed.

O-I enjoyed this one. The oak adds an interesting aspect to this beer. Labelled as an IPA, this will no doubt be disappointing if one is looking for a "hop bomb". But this is unique, and it's flavor profile brings enough complexity to the table for it to be worth a try.

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Photo of Shpud
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third time trying this beer. I'm drinking it on January 15th, 2016 from a four bottle variety pack from the LCBO. The best before date is May 2016. This beer pours a very pleasant straw yellow colour with great clarity and nice carbonation. The head is fairly thin and dissipates fairly quickly. Initial thoughts on aroma are citrus and a light oak or bourbon. This beer is very refreshing and amazingly comes in as one of my favourites from Innis & Gunn. Mouth feel is clean and crisp. I really enjoy the way this beer is put together. I wish I could buy this by the case.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 4x11. The oak is noticeable and provides a nice taste and smell. However, I cant find much IPA character here. The oak hides it.

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Photo of matuto
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle (exp. 05/2016), in a glass mug. Cloudy and yellow to light amber liquid. Dense foam, in good quantity. Faint aroma of malts and the oak wood. Medium to light body and great amount of bitterness on its aftertaste, which is dry too. Great drinkability.

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Photo of TerryW
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nope. I like a lot of I&G, but this one isn't there for me. It's got no subtlety and comes across as pretty harsh and medicinal on the palate. Has some bite. It needs some tenderizing somehow.

Oak, vanilla, pear(?). Bitter and juicy finish. Noticeable alcohol not comfortably integrated with the rest of the brew. I think this is one I might leave sit for most of a year to see if it improves some.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am pulling stuff out of my refrigerator that I had completely forgotten about! I am not kidding when I say that the bottle backlog is out of control. I will be glad to return to The CANQuest (tm) when all is said & done.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged Like No Other Beer"; "Hand-Crafted Scottish Beer"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Oak Aged India Pale Ale Bursting With Zesty Hop Character"; "This IPA's intense hop character comes from a brewing technique unique to Innis & Gunn. We add hops 3 times, during brewing, each one creating additional layers of zesty flavour and aroma. We then finish the beer over specially toasted oak to give it the rich, rounded character of authentic IPAs from the 1800s."; "Carefully Matured for 41 Days Prior to Release"; "Approved for Bottling [undersigned] Kirsty A Russell [;] Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sup".

As usual, I Pop!ped the cap to begin a gentle pour. This produced just under two fingers of fluffy, tawny head with much better retention than I expected. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and naturally the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon stopped by for a taste. Nose held the earthy tones of English hops, think East Kent Goldings or Fuggles, along with the wooden scent of oak. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was key on/in this one. It is unabashedly an EIPA NOT an AIPA and so the question becomes how do the hops meld with the oak. In this case, quite well! The inherent earthiness of the English hops was enhanced by the wooden oakiness, allowing the tastes of both to be perceptible. Oak can overwhelm subtlties, but not in this case. Finish was semi-dry since it was nowhere near sweet, but I have had much drier IPAs, both English & American. This was probably my favorite of the lot (thus far).

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Photo of Svingjo
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a tin white head that shrinks fairly quickly, leaving a white film suspended on the top. There is some sweet malt, vanilla and wood up front. There is a bit of earthy hop nose to the edges but its very faint. The oak is a there at the front of the taste, which then transitions to that sweet maltiness with vanilla notes. Again the hop flavours are there near the end but are replaced by that oak again on the finish. A nice change from the usual hop bomb IPAs we see more often these days.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 28/11/15

A bright yellow with lots of very tiny suspended particles and 3 bubbles, that's right 3, not much for head or lace as you might've guessed

S oak, vanilla, some hard toffee that's about it

T orange marmalade comes out strong and that's about it, different from the nose but not much better

M lighter side of medium, many more bubbles then I'd ever guess from looking at still liquid, very fine grit with a woody citrus finish

O this one just never really took off for me, not a whole lot going on and what's there isn't life changing

An oak aged EIPA? its a little lame but nothings offensive, just another one and done

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Photo of Samlover55
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass
L- light golden color, thin white head
S- going to say zesty even though says it on the bottle
T- has a sweet taste definitely not hoppy like the American ipas, do taste the oak on the finish
F- light bodied but has a nice crisp feel, a little creamy
0- interesting beer was expecting some more hops has unique twist with the oakiness, overall a pretty sessionable ipa

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Photo of JayQue
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like AIPAs better than English IPAs but this one was an interesting brew. Had one on-tap at Tapped Gastro pub in Virginia Beach. Pours a beautiful crystal clear dark gold color with a small white head. Average o less head retention and fairly good lacing on the glass. With a better longer lasting head, this beer would have high marks for appearance. Aroma is very good, the oak really stands out and there is somewhat of a floral aspect as well. Taste ins pretty good too. The oak once again really stands out. Some mild bitterness and balancing caramel malt, but I like more bitter IPAs. On the whole, this is a worth-while brew especially for those that like oak flavoring.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two bottles, one poured into a nonic pint glass (b/c its an EIPA) and the other poured into that stemmed pilsener glass I&G makes.
The appearance is basically the same in both glasses, except for the head retains longer in the stemmed pilsener. The color is about a golden orange. Lacing is stringy in both glasses.
The smell is the same in both glasses: grassy hops, light "soapy" to English-esque sort of caramel malts - slightly toasty.
The taste was moderately sweet and bringing in a light grassiness to round out the flavor. Lingering sweet malty aftertaste leading into a semi-dry finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth and light.
Overall, where's the oak, I didn't taste any in either glass. Its not bad stuff, just don't expect the oak.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale gold with an average, short lived, white head. Sweet vanilla aroma with oak, citrus, peach and grass. Sweet, fruity, citrus flavour with vanilla, oak, grass and a light metallic, dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $3.00 mark for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Decent amount of hops here. Slight hint of sour.

T- Not much oak at all if any. Low hops. Very mild brew. Expected a lot more.

M- Dry and tart

O- Disappointing for an oak aged brew. Not much oak at all. Mild flavors and not complex at all. Many better brews from these people.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Grilled cheese sandwiches.


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma is resin, wood, honey and vanilla. Nice.
The taste starts slow, mildly bitter, then turn vanilla and woody with a mild pine bitter finish.
The texture is soft, yet a little fizzy.
The IPA and oak play well together.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased and enjoyed in Largoward, Fife, Scotland.

The toasted oak comes out most in the aroma; it's suite subtle in tasting although there's a touch of vanilla. Hoppy but with mild bitterness and some caramel from the malts.

O: a nice and distinct English IPA.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Would this beer taste better if I had it in the UK? Or maybe on cask? 3.75

A - Beautifully clear pale orange. 4

S - 3.75

T - A decent balance between malt and herbal hops. Some faint sweetness in the finish. 3.5

MF - Medium light body with a dry finish - 3.76

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear pale gold producing 2 fingers of frothy, white, shortlived head that leaves webby lacing. Aroma is citrus, honey, oaky vanilla & thin caramel, the hops are restrained for an IPA. Taste is sweet fronted but quickly gives way to balance with the wood & hops & then a bittersweet finish that becomes mostly a bitter-oaky aftertaste. Citrus & floral/herbal hops, boozy alcohol, vanilla, sugar & just a hint of butterscotch. Alcohol is prominent for a brew of this ABV. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied, low-medium carbonation, tongue coating thickness, oily. This puts me more in mind of an ESB instead of an IPA.

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Photo of UKBeerman
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I liked this one. I got mine at Jungle Jim's near Cincinnati. It came in a bottled 4 pack...none on tap anywhere in the area I could find. It has a clear bright golden to orange color, no haze at all. The aroma was very hoppy and pleasant to me...though it has that strong green onion-grassy smell that some European beers have ( sorry...that is the only way I can think to describe it ) to it that some might call skunky...which surprised me. I repeat i found it pleasant and pretty complex. You can also discover the woody notes. The mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected. The head was a bright white that started strong and dropped away after a minute or so to a thin lacing. It was not as hoppy on the tongue as most IPA's. I will buy again....

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