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Innis & Gunn Blonde - Lightly Oaked Beer - Innis & Gunn

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83
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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-01-2008)
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If I could have one wish in my life I would consider using it to eliminate all clear or green bottles for storing beer.

If I recall, I think I was more impressed with their regular Oak Aged Beer. In this version, the interesting flavours imparted from the oak do not push past as well through the lingering light skunkiness. ATTENTION ALL BREWERS - USE A DARK BOTTLE!!!

Once the skunkiness starts to fade, some nice vanilla and sweet malt come through. But the clear bottle still has to go.

The pale ale has a nice hazy golden colour. The head recedes to a thin layer quickly and there are some small spots of lacing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing with no courseness and low bitterness. There's a little diacetyl slickness too. However, it's a bit thin and a touch on the flat side.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 01:33:23 | More by ecoastman
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jazzyjeff13

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3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Picked up from a supermarket some time back and stored in my garage. A lightly oaked beer; the label states that it was matured in casks for 37 days.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with plentiful carbonation. Forms a large creamy head of white foam that remains for a few minutes before settling. Aroma of strong vanilla, toffee, oak, tannins and stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, with a mild whiff of booze in the background. Faintly reminiscent of whisky - unusual but not entirely appealing.

Tastes of distinctly oaked beer with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of oak, vanilla, toffee/caramel, a hint of brown sugar, tannins, stewed leaves, cardboard and overcooked veg. Faintly sweet but also astringent. A mild solventy twang in the background, followed by a restrained, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and mildly spicy, with decent carbonation. The body is OK for a comparitively 'light' beer. Dries the palate and leaves an aftertaste of oak, vanilla and stewed leaves.

Different, but not brilliant. The oak/vanilla/toffee/stewed leaves combo comes on a bit too strong and spoils the character for me - it just isn't balanced. The flavours also seem forced and artificial; there ought to be some 'beer' flavour in there. I admire I&G's efforts to bring variety to the beer world, however in this case the oak and blonde beer don't work amazingly well together. The wood dominates the flavour - perhaps showcasing it was the intention? I reckon a dark oaked beer would be better; I can imagine oak and roasted malt flavours marrying nicely. At any rate, this is an odd sideshow and not a particularly worthy one. Try it for the novelty factor then move along.

Serving type: bottle

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Serge

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Clear deep golden color with small white head. Malty aroma with explicit oak flavor. Taste is caramel malty, oak / vanilla is a bit more decent than in other Innis & Gunn brews, but still typically present, adding a woody dry note, therefore narrowing the taste in a way. Nevertheless there’s room for a slightly hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:41:05 | More by Serge
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