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Innis & Gunn India Pale Ale - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn India Pale AleInnis & Gunn India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Straw gold with moderate head and retention. Moderate hop bitterness but complex.

Mild smelling with good carbonation. A decent representation of the style.

Quite different from the American version.

PvtSnowball, Saturday at 10:31 PM
Photo of justinm4bama
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

justinm4bama, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Sellen, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

datalager, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

rogerdandy, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Stalgondo
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Stalgondo, May 09, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -13.3%

DamageCase76, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Mdodge8837, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Duncanster, Sep 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

speak72, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

vauxhaulastra, Jun 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

cdawg11, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Molson2000, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mnixon86
3/5  rDev -13.3%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle my boss brought back from Halifax. From notes.

A - Poured a copper colour with good carbonation and a one finger white head. Bright. Left a little lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Earthy with a light citrus note, vanilla, oak, and caramel.

T - Caramel, oak is stronger but not overly strong, citrus hop again. Quite sweet but the hop presence is mellowing.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a sweet finish with a light bitterness.

O/D - Oak adds an interesting twist to a traditionally un-interesting style IMO. Not too shabby.

tbeckett, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear golden pour with a tinge of amber. Quickly fading two finger head with nice lacing. The nose if full of oak and caramel malt with hints of butterscotch, vanilla and bourbon. The taste mirrors the nose but with more intensity. Tons of really nice oaky bourbon, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and a really subdued, buttery English hoppiness hiding in the background. The mouthfeel is sweet, slightly syrupy, but not so much to hurt the drinkability. There was almost no hop bitterness which made me recheck the bottle and verify that this was indeed the IPA. The lack of any real hop profile makes it seem like it's not properly categorized. Don't get me wrong, it's a really nice beer, but not an IPA. I'm confused as to how I should rate it. I love anything aged in oak so it's fabulous in that regard. But I'm still a little disappointed that it didn't live up to what was advertised. With that said, I just cracked another one. Very nice!

beerdrifter, May 31, 2011
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Solid gold colour with minimal head, reduced to a thin ring of bubbles within a minute. Slight carbonation visible.

Smell - Decent aroma of oak reminiscent of the Original Ale these guys produce. Very little hops versus what I would expect from the style.

Taste - Oaky, malty flavour with fairly flat middle. Does not fade with a burst of hops, really very little hop presence in this beer. As a side note this beer is listed at 7.7% alcohol by volume and doesn't show it at all as the flavour covers nicely.

Mouthfeel - Nothing offensive with this beer, its soft, warming effect perpetually welcome as with the other offerings from this brewer.

Overall - this cost $5 for the bottle and I expected something different, something more. I don't believe I would get it again although there's nothing wrong with it, it doesn't live up to the expectation. I prefer the original if I'm planning on having an Innis & Gunn, both for the price and the taste.

DoctorStrangiato, May 01, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recommended, or maybe 'sold', by a guy at a local beer hot spot, indicating they are the only game in town carrying this
A - crystal clear bubbly golden, respectable white head retained at a thin covering
S - fruity sweetness, woody richness, some toasty grain, and very subtle hops
T - grainy malt, light citrus and herbal hop, oaky, fruity sweet, alcohol bite, not bad but not enough hop profile for an IPA
M - strong carbonation kick, thin with some alcohol bite, finishing dry
D - its not a bad beer and I do enjoy the unique aspect, but its just not hoppy enough to be considered with typical IPA's in my opinion, still tasty and easy drinking, especially given the 7.7%

joemcgrath27, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This came as a recommendation at the local bottle shop.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour with a thin layer of head, little retention and no lacing.

S - Quite unique with wooden, smoked, peaty, hops and some very prominent caramel notes and some ground coffee.

T - The 'oaked' characteristics are definitely prominent with the wooden peaty flavours complementing the sweet caramel notes. Hop presence is grassy and holds a bit of a sweet corn flavour to it. Unique combination indeed.

M - No complaints in this department, solid carbonation lift that goes down smooth.

O - Overall a tasty offering from Innis & Gunn, though at $5 a bottle, there's better beer to buy.

andrenaline, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky-brown-amber and I've unfortunately got some floaties, not sure if it was a decanting problem or something to do with the beer. They look very protein-rich, anyway. Head is off-white and a bit slim, just a whispy cloud after a couple of minutes. Lace is quite nice and sticky. Don't look bad, don't look great either.

Smell is extremely sweet, with massive vanilla coming off. Caramel malt base blending with that whiskeyed oak aroma, giving vanilla beans and a touch of fresh-ground coffee as well. Almost Irish coffee really, with a faint booziness apparent as it warms up. I would like it more bitter and grounded, but the sweetness is pleasant and complex.

Taste begins with a fair amount of sweet grain, barley blending with oatmeal, with a caramelised and almost honeyed edge. This quickly takes on those sweet oak notes, giving me strong vanilla, creme anglaise and yes, even a touch of wood (wood you believe it!) Slight kiss of alcohol warmth as it reaches the apex of my mouth and then a welcome earthiness that doesn't quite reach bitter, on the finish, making it out not quite cleanly. Nevertheless a solid beer; well imbued with tasty wood notes. I just feel like more IPA notes - even a Burtonised IPA - would complement the sweetness more successfully. Would love to see Marston's Old Empire oak-aged in this way.

A little bit thin on the feel, which means that defence is lacking for what fizz is there. There's not too much though so it's not bad.

A tasty brew, and the balance is struck well enough to go down pretty easily.

laituegonflable, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Pours a clear amber with a thick head which dissipates to a small ring which clings to the glass. A gentle stream of small bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell:
A very distinctive vanilla and toffee smell, less so than I remember with original Innis & Gunn but definitely there.

Taste:
Very interesting - The sweet vanilla/toffee taste comes through initially but gives way to a light hoppy bitterness at the back of the mouth. Feels balanced.

Mouthfeel:
Medium carbonation, about right for this style.

Drinkability:
A very easy drinking beer, although one to be savoured - perhaps only in a small quantity of 1 or 2 in an evening.

NATOuk, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows lots of vanilla, butterscotch and woody oak. Absolutely crazy. Very smooth. Not much actual hops or malt show, just a faint grassy note. Still very nice though.
Similar oaky flavours, but a little bit of sweet malt enters. Not much of an IPA.
Nice moderate carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber-golden colour, almost coppery, with a full, but large bubbled and extremely cratered head of white foam. Head is fed by some exceptionally large-bubbled and extremely vigorous carbonation, which is the only thing which seems to keep it going. It looks as though it would happily subside if given the opportunity. The carbonation is somewhat too extreme for me, but otherwise, it's a decent enough look to it.

Nose is... extremely unusual. Masses, upon masses of fresh oak character, implying the beer was lain upon new oak. But the freshness in the body and the aromas released by the effervescence give it fruity notes, and almost a skunky character. Together these mingle into odd nuances of jam-filled doughnuts, unroasted coffee beans and lemon-grass. It's like you don't quite know where the aroma is going to go next. I'm not sure I've had such an oak-heavy beer before - one where the oak itself provides the flavour rather than whatever was in the oak beforehand. It's quite a unique experience.

Taste is surprisingly boozy, and with the oak, it gives it a very whisky-like character. Vanilla-oak on the front, before a lightly noticeable hop bitterness on the back comes through to feebly battle with the huge woody flavours of the oak. Together, a light peach and apricot sweetness is created.

Body is quite full, although the smooth vanilla characters accentuate this fact more than the body itself. Slightly hot and astringent alcohol characters on the finish, which appear in a way that neither the oak nor the hops can counteract.

It's an extremely unusual beer, and almost an unusually extreme beer. The oak is exceptionally pronounced, and overwhelms most of the other characters. My guess is this is only substantially hoppier when compared to others in the Innis & Gunn range, the oak takes on a far, far more prominent role.

Still, all up it's a tasty brew, and the weird oddities in the flavour make it all the more exciting. I'm very pleased to have tried it.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few years ago, my girlfriend, tired of a particular episode of my beer wankery, insisted that my drinking buddy and I do a blind taste test of Innis & Gunn regular, and this IPA. We failed to correctly identify the two beers then; maybe I can see why now...

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of foamy off-white head, which leaves an irregular horizon of lace around the glass in its wake. Its smells of wet boozy wood, the seaside, toffee, and vanilla. The taste is bready, woody malt, followed by a warming toffee sensation, some orchard fruitiness, and herbal, somewhat briny hops. The carbonation is present, but shy, the body smooth, creamy, with just a wee bit of alcohol astringency. It finishes off-dry, with a diminishing breadiness, and an ascendant dry, bitter herbal booziness.

Well, the differences are pretty clear to me now between this and the standard I&G: the IPA is less about the sweet barrel characteristics, and more about what I imagine hops from Islay would taste like...

biboergosum, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber yellow with a thin ring of foam. Saltwater taffy, butterscotch, vanilla and wood on the nose. Werther's malts with scotch understones followed by spice and barley hops. Sweet finish. Medium, chewy, oily with some burn.

Dangerous candy beer. Hops not as forward as the label claims, but still a heavyweight.

From the Deveney's of Dundrum beer festival.

StJamesGate, Sep 10, 2010
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Innis & Gunn India Pale Ale from Innis & Gunn
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.