Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPAInnis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013

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Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Enjoy (578 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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 (265 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of UKBeerman
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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.... (765 characters)

Photo of zmcguire
4.67/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I agree with mister_moose post exactly.. Very drinkable, strong notes of buttery caramel with secondary notes of a golden rum and a light oak. Not for hop heads but refreshing for its style (189 characters)

Photo of mister_moose
4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Being a hop head of some degree, IPA is a bit of a misnomer on this beer. Even the more reserved British style IPA doesn't accurately reflect this beer. It's very soft on the palate, strong notes of buttery caramel with secondary notes of a golden rum and light oak. It slides down without a bitter finish and leaves you asking for more. There are only 2 beers I go outside domestic production for, Innis and Gunn, and Sam Smith. Unique, well crafted, and apparently under rated. Don't let the pedestrian score deceive you, go get some. (542 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2FL.OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a thick white head.

Smell: Smell of grassy, floral Euro hops. Slight metallic aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor. Slight bubblegum and banana. Touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A little light, but refreshing!

Overall: A very nice and pleasant, light, fruit/floral flavored beer! (376 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is two fingers high, and white in shade. While the texture is super fluffy, it retains poorly (I mean, I can see the head fading away with my very eyes!) At least a good amount of lacing is left on the glass - that, and the body itself is really damn pretty. Lacking retention aside, this is a fantastic looking brew. (4.5)

Smell: Smells just like an aged IPA would. Fleeting hints of grapefruit, marmalade, and earth are backed by a large amount of Maris Otter malt. I get no toasted oak, at all - sad thing is, that would have almost saved it. But hey, at least it's not buttery, right? Not a bad aroma, though... (3)

Taste: Again, the whole taste is pure English-style IPA. Fruity, marmalade-driven hop notes open it up, while the Maris Otter backbone finishes it off. It's a decent example of the style on its own...too bad the whole effect is killed by the lack of discernible oak character. Seriously, where is that toasted oak character hiding? Maybe I get a little as this beer leaves my tongue, but by then it's too little, too late. On the plus side, there's little diacetyl to ruin an otherwise average beer. (3)

Mouthfeel: Because there's no annoying crystal malt, this beer's residual sweetness doesn't linger on the tongue excessively. Rather, it's crisp, light, and dry. It has a full body, but it's still easy to drink. I can feel a light tannin quality drying the tongue out further - and it's practically the only oak qualities I pick up anywhere. Carbonation is rather low. (3.5)

Overall: While it's an okay English IPA, it isn't an oaky English IPA (see what I did there?) Basically, it's just another average example of the style that still doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from the pack. Still, it's pretty drinkable. (3)

3.13/5: My luck with I&G is improving...I think? (1,890 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hop, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, herbal hop, wood, and slight citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid aroma, but the flavors are a bit clashing in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (592 characters)

Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14A. English IPA). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L4148 19:50. AROMA: medium-low hop aromas of floral and citrusy character. mild sweet malt background and some wood barrel. APPEARANCE: pale golden color and translucent. Thin white head with poor retention. TASTE: mild floral hop flavours with a very faint malty background. background shows a mild oak barrel flavour. medium-high bitterness that lingers into a almost dry aftertaste. PALATE: medium-light body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a supposed barrel aged IPA that needs more assertive "aged" notes. (599 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Things have been slipping lately between I/G and myself, but we're gonna keep trying to make things work, continuing the process here. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild balsa and very light grass. The taste holds notes of flowers, vague young wood, and vague stonefruit. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. Maybe it was the oak-aging, maybe it was a weak base to begin with; whatever the case, I/G just haven't been getting it done for a while now. Shame, really. (662 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not particularly impressed, if it is retired, I understand. When the appearance is the best part of the beer, one might as well be drinking something less expensive. Hop flavor does not meet expectations set by label, wood but little flavor compared to many oak aged beers that impart a greater taste. Nicely carbonated and mouthfeel to match. (346 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not retired.

A: Clear, bright pale gold with one finger white head. Sinks fast, leaves a bit of dotty lace. Almost looks a golden pale or pilsner.

S: Perfumy in a good way is the first impression, the oak as if fresh sawn, dry flowers, hay, grass, approachable and different.

T: Follows the smell, smooth with more flowers and perfume than fruit or hops. A tension between sweetness and woody, sawdust flavors.

F: Medium, malty, sour fruit and flowers. Oaky wood shop smell and finish.

Original English IPA. Reminds me of lumber yard, mill, wood shop, sawdust. (585 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – A pale almost clear golden amber colour with a finger of tight cropped white foam head. The head has reasonable retention and leaves plenty of spider lace in the glass and there is also very heavy CO2 activity.

Smell – Toasted oak aroma is very evident, there is also lemony zest style hops, moderate bitter hops, and a lovely fresh leafy note to the aroma almost like stinging nettles. There are some fine notes of the sweet malts

Taste – A very fresh tasting beer. There is a very nice under current of sweet malts that serves as a foundation flavour holding up the toasted oak from the barrel. The next most evident flavour is the lemon and bitter earthy hops which seems to battle for supremacy in this brew. Finally just before you finish there is a new woody hop flavour almost piney and very distinct from the toasted oak but complimentary all the same.

Mouthfeel – The feel of this one is full and creamy with ample body. It has a slightly dry finish at the end with some mild astringency and the slightest hint of metallic pinch at the very back of the throat.

Overall – This one is very good. Over all it has great hop flavour from the triple hopping method of the brewing process with some very fine malts underpinning the whole experience. All in all a wonderful beer I am sad to say is now retired. At least I got to try it once. And here is hoping I come across a rogue bottle or two in the near future before they are all snapped up. (1,475 characters)

Photo of bark
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale gold, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The strong smell is hoppy and bitter with a slight sourness. Notes of oak and paint. Dried flowers, hay and a touch of perfume.

The taste is smooth and bitter with lots of fruits and flowers. Growing sweetness, some harsh woody flavours and a touch of lemon. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is malty with distinct notes of lemon and sour fruit candy. Smooth sweetness and dried flowers. Oak and lemon zest in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the short-lived bubbles are fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A nice take on the English IPA. (671 characters)

Photo of hophugger
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Quote from the back of the bottle "This IPA's intense hop character............add hops 3 times during brewing...", Not even close, this was a sweet, woody mess, no hops, flat citrus and should be ashamed to call itself an IPA, no matter where it is made.. (256 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 4/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, toffee, toasted oak, light vanilla, and herbal/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and oak notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, toffee, cracker, bread, vanilla, toasted oak, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/oak earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, toffee, cracker, bread, toasted oak, vanilla, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and oak flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant oak aged English IPA. All around good complexity and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on nitro tap in a tulip glass

Appearance – Being is served a golden yellow color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is lighter overall, but heaviest of a mix of oak and slightly grainy aroma. Some floral and earthy hops are there as well, but like I said all aromas are quite light.

Taste – The taste starts out strong a rather drier cracker taste with a god deal of oakiness present right from the start. Along with these flavors are some hoppy tastes of a more floral and earthy flavor. These hops remain throughout the taste getting slightly stronger to the end. Along with the hop getting stronger so too does the oaky flavors of the brew. Along with the increases in both those flavors also comes an increase I some sweetness with a caramel flavor which grows in intensity. In the end with the mix of caramel, bready, hoppy and oak, one is left with a rather easy drinking and still rather drier oaked flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on is rather thin with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the slightly drier flavors for the brew, the thinner body was rather nice, but really didn’t support the oak and hop all that well, so overall, the feel was just OK.

Overall – A decent IPA with a bit of an oaky flavor, but overall nothing all that exceptional. (1,473 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -15%

A: A light rose amber color. Some nice white head on the top, but it caves in fairly quickly.

S: Hop aroma with orange peel and apricot. Lots of fruit in this, as well as some caramel, there is almost something lager like in this.

T: Citrus hops, and some floral notes. Lemony, with some light toasted notes.

M: Light in body, with plenty of carbonation.

O: Overall it is fairly tasty, decent hop flavor, but I wish there was a little more oak to it. I think it would do well from a cask. (496 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%

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. (586 characters)

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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