Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 61 | 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 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 biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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, um, 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.

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 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 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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 BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually only bottled: this cask version was brewed purely for the Wetherspoon's Autumn 2013 Beer Festival.

Half-pint, hand-pulled in the Telford Town Centre Wetherspoon's on 16th Oct 2013.

Golden amber body with a good head: looked fine.

Nice aroma too: caramel and malty with a mild citrus hint.

The taste is also malt led, the hops below the surface throughout. Biscuity and semi-sweet, I liked it.

Medium body depth and strength, hid the alcohol nicely.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 bark
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 ADZA
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For once a beer from these guys in a brown bottle and it pours a clear golden hue with sudsy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is wow it's lemon and lime with mandarin and if u really have a good smell hiding is some oak and funk,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are all about the hops with lemon,lime,sherbet,mandarins,a touch of caramel malts and finished with a warming oakiness with the bitterness there but a touch subdued from the oak ageing and overall it's quite a sessionable little drop and yeah I'd drink it again cheers.

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 Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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 thecheapies
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with great clarity. Head stays short, but keeps insulating. Lippy lace.

Very mild hoppiness. Has an American Pale kind of nose with some soured citrus, sweet pale malts, and hints of pine. Picking up a wet oakiness, only slightly.

Woah. Mouthful of oak, right there. Very flowery, notes of floral and citrus hops and the oak aging gives this a flavor of musky perfume. Remains partially sweet. Woody, but not dry or chalky. Lots of developed flavor from the barrel. An okay British India Pale.

Sessionable, sans the imposing flowery flavors. No noted strength. On the lighter side of medium, for body and carbonation.

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 Sludgeman
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with great clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted oak, vanilla, pale malts, slight citrus, and grassy hops. Hard to pick up most sign the oak masks other aromas.

Taste: Vanila and toasted oak up front with everything else in the rear with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, low to medium carbonation, and some bitterness in the rear.

Overall: It was hard to distinguished this oaken EIPA. Decent, but I wish I could try the non oaked version.

Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Clear, golden amber colour with a 0.5cm, foamy white head that touches at being creamy in places and holds fairly well over the opening minutes.

Malty aroma to this one with some caramel and sweetness to go with the toasted malts that the title takes its name from. It's not the strongest on the nose but some subdued hops do make it through alongside some biscuit and vanilla.

Sweet, more so than the nose and with plenty of vanilla coming through on top of the toasted malts and caramel. Some floral hops start to appear around the middle, as do some citrus flavours but these are faint and not easy to detect. A bitterness at the end.

Dry and smooth with plenty of bitterness and the aforementioned floral touches that come along with the hops. The body is about medium, maybe light-medium and carbonation is moderate.

A nice beer without really standing out on its own right. The taste was a solid one but the balance let the beer down some with the bitterness and floral/citrus sharpness fighting it out and not really complimenting each other all that well.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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: 3.89, 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.

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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