Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn
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3.19/5 rDev -7.3%
Undated AMBER bottle at 40 degrees into goblet
Aroma light malt aroma
Head small (1 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to partial 2 mm layer
Lacing OK – Thick complete ring of small to medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor of vanillin (weak) in an otherwise weak (by US standards) IPA. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation
Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.19. Final weighted score: 3.1865
An IPA with no detectable hops. OK. At least it’s in a brown bottle instead of the usual clear.
08-31-2014 01:47:30 | More by Ozzylizard
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
Picked this up in Totowa, having never had this before but intrigued with anything else that I've had from these guys in the past. I didn't think that an EIPA was one of their specialties and even after having this, I'm still not quite sure that this is what they should be brewing. It wasn't terribly hoppy and was a bit weaker than I would have liked but as a beer to enjoy during these dog days of summer, it still fit the bill sufficiently.
This had the appearance of a PIlsener when I poured it out, as the golden hue, nearly clear appearance, and frothy head all led me to believe that this was not like their darker beers that I've had in the past. The head settled pretty quickly and only left a ring or two of lacing that quickly slid down the side of my pint glass. Not much of an aroma either as there was some grain, grass, and lemon that I could faintly discern. All of these were in the taste, along with felt like Golding or Fuggle hops in a moderate amount. The mouthfeel was soapy to this and it almost reminded me of a Sam Adams beer that would be out this time of the year. Were there grains of paradise in this? Probably not but it wouldn't have surprised me if there was. A soft floral undertone held everything together but this beer didn't have enough malt to give it much of any depth.
Ditto for the booze - which was light in amount and even harder to feel as I worked my way through this. I love most of what Innis and Gunn has put out, since I like Whiskey and Bourbon when the winter months roll around. It's nice to see them break out of that mold but this needed a bit more work to make it a truly enjoyable beer. True to form but not as tasty or memorable as the leaders in this category. Worth a shot once for anyone who loves what these guys do and wants to see what else they're capable of brewing.
08-27-2014 08:13:59 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.71/5 rDev +7.8%
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
3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
08-05-2014 19:12:22 | More by thehyperduck
3.66/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
07-28-2014 16:43:30 | More by puboflyons
Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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