Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPAInnis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 64 | 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 tuka
1.83/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sour lemon cough drop; drain pour.

Photo of ricp215
2/5  rDev -42.2%

No aroma
No Hoppy flavor
Could have been drinking bud light

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.04/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper completely filtered sad looking IPA actually, fine speckled bright white head speckled even lacing. Aroma hints of oak barrel aging, a bit of booze, charred oak, and fruit character going on. Flavors are bland watery bitterness with the oak barrel notes giving me hints of dirty socks aged on hop water and oak chips, it's just a sad experience overall. On the plus side I was excited to see this beer in a brown bottle, but the flavor is terrible I literally can't finish it there are no redeeming qualities to give the beer credit for a watery cluster of muddled hops and oak chips and faint booziness. Mouthfeel is thin higher than normal carbonation, the hops here may ruin someone who could potentially become a hophead. Overall, I'm pretty much done getting burnt by Innis & Gunn, pretty much mediocre to terrible across the board.

Photo of hophugger
2.25/5  rDev -35%

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..

Photo of Zacemy
2.44/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not one of my favorites. With so many choices, there are much better brews.

Photo of Derek
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I don't know why I keep trying their products?

Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

Photo of rdilauro
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

very very light... Not much to this beer at all. The idea of a toasted Oak IPA intrigued me

Photo of KornWallace
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 3/19/14
Location: Hops and Hocks
Draught/Bottle:12oz Bottle
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Pours with nearly no head and very little carbonation. Very bright and opaque.
Aromatics: Lots of oak. Some fruit, oranges not much else. Some light hoping but not what I would expect from an IPA.
Flavor: Oak and carbonation on the tongue. Again a light amount of hops and some malts come into the flavoring. But nothing special really.
Finish: The carbonation lingers a while not much of anything else remains.
Notes: Dated Feb 15

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer concepts, but usually lacking a bit on deliciousness. At least they're using brown bottles now.

Pours a light fizzy fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent spotty lacing, very clear honey golden color.

Nose has that similar tannic slight chemically like note as many of their beers do, well chemically is more like cooked vegetables and herbal mushroomy rotting grass like hops, herbal earthy vegetal U.K. style bad hops, with that tannic oak flesh and some toasted wood almost like a pallet and not oak chips/cubes. Mild fruity hop note as well..

Taste brings a light sweet almost skunky like base beer, a little molasses and raw sugar malt extract, semi sweet too, with some straight raw molasses flavors, and fair malty characters. Then hops, earthy herbal vegetal U.K. hops again, cooked straw and grass, fair bitterness and some phenolic like almost tannic hops, but obvious tannic wood and raw wood again, and a little mushroomy earthy slight pine note to the hops as well. Finish is a little sticky sweet but somewhat dry, more earthy piney mushroomy forest floor hops, with a little vegetal note, and fermented grass.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, hint syrupy and gritty.

Overall not very good, I could see IPA as it's more original U.K. style IPA like, but hops are quite bleh, not the kind I like at all, and the wood is a little tannic and not so tasty, and even the malts are like raw molasses and also not so tasty. Nothing really much about this beer I like. They always seem to have interesting ideas and concepts, but either just use the wrong ingredients, or fail to deliver on it.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
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?

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Photo of ludachris
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy bright orange. Fruity and woody smell and taste. Too sweet and very low bitterness for an IPA.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2014. Purchased from a supermarket a little while back. The label claims an intense hop character resulting from three hop additions, followed by aging over toasted oak for an authentic flavour. Sounds like marketing bollocks to me.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich, clear amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of woody oak tannins and vanilla, with hints of fruitiness, stewed leaves and faint caramel malt. Slightly sweet, with little hop character to speak of. Not very IPA-like.

Tastes of oaked caramel malt with a bitter finish. Notes of oak tannins, wood, mild caramel, harsh stewed leaves, cardboard, fruity yeast and a twinge of vanilla. Again, little hop character to be found. A weak sweetness in the background, followed by an acrid, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and an insubstantial body for the style. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves, bitter oak and a whisper of caramel.

Hmmmm - not much of an IPA. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by oak and harsh leaves. Aside from a degree of bitterness the hops are well hidden. Unimpressive body. Doesn't live up to its promises - there's too much oak and not enough hops. An interesting idea but poorly executed; no need to seek this one out.

Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes I discovered a month later, having thought I had lost them as I left my last Wetherspoons of their autumn real ale festival.

A: straw colour; standard 'spoons head

S: somewhat floral

T: woody, floral hops; limited sweetness

F: rather dry

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla oak, golden syrup. Very sweet-smelling but also very tempting.
Sweet flavours too, although things do dry out a little as the toasted oak shines. Still a fair bit of toffee and honey followed by toasted coconut oak notes.
Carbonation is too aggressive.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Toasted Oak IPA last week for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a beer from Innis & Gunn and since this one was just recently released I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11,2oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's very similar to the other labels and it has that Classic Innis & Gunn look, but I don't think it's that eye catching. It poured a nice fairly clear yellow/gold color that took on a darker golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a citrus rind like aroma being the first to show up with a good amount of orange rind aromas coming through and it reminds more of a citrus wheat beer than a hoppy citrus aroma. Up next comes the oak which shows up nicely and it imparts a nice mellow oaky aroma with a good amount of vanilla coming through that makes for a little creamy like aroma. Up next come the malts that have classic Innis & Gunn aspect which is very English Ale like with some nice toffee aroma coming through. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish it had more of a distinctive hop aroma.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the citrus being the first to show up and it still has more of that wheat beer orange peel aspect than a citrus hoppy aspect. Up next comes the oak which works well with the orange peel flavors and the oak imparts those same nice aspects that it did in the aroma with neither the oak or vanilla sticking out the most. Up next comes the malt which impart that same classic Innis & Gunn aspect that I got in the aroma with the toffee still sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness to it with a orange rind, vanilla, toffee, and oak like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but the base didn't seem to be very IPA like.

M- Smooth, a little complex, a little creamy, fairly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought was nice beer, but I didn't think it was the best example of a oak aged IPA, the toasted oak showed up nicely and it ended up imparting some really nice flavors to this beer, but the IPA base was lacking and it ended up tasting more like a Regular Innis & Gunn beer with some orange peels thrown into the mix and I ended up missing those hoppy and bitter flavors. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, a little complex, a little creamy, fairly crisp, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention and I think I could drink a couple, but after that I'm pretty sure the lack of hops would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the toasted oak aspect, I thought it was really nice and it worked well with this beer and the mouthfeel was also good. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile, the orange rind flavors tasted like they were actually from oranges and they didn't taste like they came from hops and I didn't really get any other hoppy flavors. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down, but it isn't too hard to find a Oaked IPA that still has some hoppyness to it and I think it's worth a try, but I can't say it will be an instant favorite. All in all I was a little disappointed in this beer, I still liked it, but it didn't deliver the hop flavors and aromas that I was hoping for and that left me wanting more out of this beer. It isn't my favorite Oaked IPA or my favorite Innis & Gunn beer, but it isn't bad. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use just a little bit of work, better luck next time guys.

Photo of Ibanez11520
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice smell, toasty taste, not so bitter, a little sweet.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of MDHopster
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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