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Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012 - Innis & Gunn

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 06-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 33
Photo of Ziggyzig
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this at my local craft beer spot in Springfield,OH. Was a little concerned how it was gonna be considering age and the clear bottle, so here's the review:

Color: about 14-16 SRM
Appearance: clear and clean, poured a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly.
Smell: sweet, woody
Taste: heavily sweet, woody, malty, scotch notes.
Experience: a pleasant sweet, woody nose dominates this beer and continues through, even lingering after each drink. The oak age gives it a almost scotch feel. As the beer warms it becomes even more smooth on the tongue.

I would have loved to have one of these soon after it was brewed, as I curious how it's aged. But alas I am just lucky I found it before it was gone forever. If you come across one of these pick it up, before age catches up with it, or before it's extinct.

Photo of admiral
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer that shows the brilliant diversity of beer

aroma: Oak and vanilla with some slight creamy caramel

taste: A taste sensation with an array of flavours for the palate to enjoy. Oak, vanilla, spices, creamy caramel, cinnamon, slight bourbon and slight woodchips

An outstanding beer that is very enjoyable to drink

Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This has plenty of age on it. But in my experience Innis & Gunn brews age pretty well despite the clear glass bottles, and this has been kept in the cool dark of my finished basement since purchase.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick white head which receded almost completely.

s: Booze.

t; Rum up front with a mild hop bite and considerable carbonation tingle. Rum flavor lingers.

m; Light to medium, ok body, occasional slight watery notes.

o: Much like their Rum Cask aged, very flavorful and sippable.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at ShopRite in Little Falls, which was finally redone recently! Didn't expect to find this on the shelf this time of the year but it was on clearance via the single bottle. I had a feeling it would be like the other Innis and Gunn beers that I had in the past and the exceptional clarity and solid smoothness that I came to expect were also present here, while the alcohol was more recessed this time around.

The pour to this was copper in hue, with a frothy head that quickly faded. Only a bit of soapy lacing could be seen and that quickly slide down the sides of my pint glass. Some whiskey, oak, and caramel in the nose which was reinforced by a very vanilla-like mouthfeel with a hints of coconut and cherry, topped off by a sharp hop bitterness in the back. The transition was amazing to feel since this was distinctly different than other Scottish Ales that I've had, because of the slightly thicker body. There wasn't much of any carbonation to scrape away the taste after each sip and the result was a beer that was body easygoing and subtly complex.

The alcohol was spot-on here, indicating that this was a Scottish Ale but only after I finished everything off. While this wasn't a beer that was perfectly indicative of the style, I liked how they took the American hops and kicked this up a notch. It took a while to fully enjoy this but it was well worth the effort and only proved to me that Innis and Gunn are masters at pushing the envelope of what a beer can be. It was a plus that I was able to enjoy an Independence Day beer in the dead of Winter!

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, pours a red orange amber with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: smell is heavily of oak like a freshly emptied whiskey barrel, also caramelized malt, slight pine hops

T: sweet malt character up front, oak tannins provide some bitterness to the middle that meets up with the light hop flavor, finish is on the sweeter side, flavors milder and simpler than expected

M: medium to full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol presence provides some viscosity but doesn't stand out as offensive

O: the oak aging provides a nice aroma to this beer, flavor is big on malt

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows classic I&G vanilla oak, toffee, caramel and faint spicy notes. Pretty enticing.
Coconut and vanilla stand out as flavours, with sweet caramel following. The base beer feels a little weak.
Body feels a bit light on.
A little to sweet, gets cloying, but nice oak characters throughout.

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce clear bottle

Pours medium almond amber, moderate tan head, leaves some fine scattered lace behind

Caramel malt nose with whispers of vanilla and honey

smooth, malty, overpriced and enjoyable ale. More caramel, more honey, more vanilla, with a hint of wood/smoke character just barely making itself felt.

Decent enough scottish ale, worth a try, but no bargain

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Been waiting to find this guy for months (obviously), and I finally happened upon a stash in Schaumburg. Damn Cook County distribution being better than Lake! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear soft tawny topped by a finger of glowing off-gray foam. The nose comprises vanilla bean, banana, sweet caramel, a touch of oak, and what seems like a kiss of whiskey (as though you were to sniff from a bottle and subtracted the alcohol scent). For once, that hint of very mild skunk that accompanies most I&G beers (never a problem, though) isn't there, but neither is that bit of complexity y9u normally get as well. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though a vague sweetness, very candy-like, pervades at all times, with a mild bit of bad wood near the finish, giving an earthy, green-y kind of not-quite-sour-but-I-can't-think-of-a-better-descriptor kind of character. Honestly, things just don't really work all that much here, The body is a light medium, with a decently light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is by far my least favorite I&G beer thus far. The flavors, normally complex, rich, and pleasant, come across as slightly muddled, decidedly plain, and a tad blunt. Quite the disappointment, lemme tell ya...

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head with good retention. Oily, soapy lacing sticks to the glass. Body is dark copper in color. Aroma consists of sweet molasses, slight plantain and maybe brown sugar. Taste is mildly sweet with caramel malts, no bitterness and no alcohol. Not terribly exciting but certainly not bad at all.

Photo of theBubba
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my (clean soap residue free) tulip glass, and there appeared an amber (to be expected) briefly bubbly brew with a head that lasted about 5 seconds leaving a 1/8 inch ring of lace at the surface.

Smell was mostly vanilla, rum, and bananas with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste? Sweet with a noticeably too bitter hop aftertaste...until you've popped your second bottle. And I should mention that this beer gets better as it warms closer to room temperature (northeast autumn, not Miami).

Mouthfeel was kind of weak. Thinner than expected.

Now, I've noticed in other reviews that "rum" is mentioned quite a bit. Though the brewer doesn't specify the type of casks used, I suspect at this price point, they are indeed rum because the Innis & Gunn Scotch cask aged ales are typically a bit more pricey.

All in all, at a closeout price of $4.99 a four pack of 12 oz. bottles, I can't complain.

Photo of scootny
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially not much to look at. Clear caramel color with a small head that fades quickly and not much lace. Smell is lovely with lots of sweet malt and caramel, along with a big fruity bouquet of fruitcake and yeasty dinner rolls. A touch of fusel alcohol and an herbal hop presence. Tastes great! Scotch ale with a huge portion of fruits. Big toasted caramel malt core with lightly scorched caramel notes. Cherries and vanilla, lovely oak and lightly bitter hops. A drying astringent quality that makes this one go down like soda pop. Feel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Supple over the tongue with super drinkability. This is a great brew with a great overall character.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

clear orange glow with a finger of sticky off white head. Extremely malty and woody on the nose. Vanilla and oak with sweet toffee and caramel covered apples on the nose.

Smooth velvety almost wine like mouthfeel. Close to flat. Flavors that are on the nose all blend well together into one concise sip over the tongue with the oak being the star of the show and a little fruit twang on the back of the tongue. Sweet but with a clean oaky/spicy finish that isn't overwhelming. Concise, complex and flavorful. Pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the scotts brewing a beer for an american holiday but at least it came out good.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, faint bourbon like notes, vanilla, and a touch fruity. In the taste, a sweet apple fruitiness, woody, and mellow notes of bourbon. A smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry apple fruitiness and a small note of banana in the aftertaste. Big nose, lighter flavor, but nice nonetheless.

Photo of emerge077
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Split into two tumblers at the Independence Tap. Sadly very little foam, fizzed up like soda, then there was absolutely no head. Tawny reddish copper color, pretty nice clarity.

Slight woody and sweet gingersnap aromas, cola.

Bitter and woody, dark toasted malts, caramelized sugars. Savory and relatively tasty, though it feels like flat cola in the mouth. Abv is fairly well obscured. Innis & Gunn should look into force carbing their exceedingly watery brews. Tasted alright, though it could use some improvement in the body/mouthfeel department.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice clean amber pour with a finger of head (quickly dissipated)

smells of caramel, vanilla, bourbon... banana.. and a subtle scent of flowers.
taste is very weak in comparison to smell.. up front you get a light banana flavor, subtle taste of wood, not much in the bourbon department.. smelling the vanilla as i take a sip, yet no sign of it in my tongue.
medium body with moderate carbonation.

overall, this is the weakest of the innis and gunn beers i've had. alcohol is masked well, but the flavor is just so bland.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber and clear with a coppery tone and decent carbonation.

A fresh, hoppy smell with a background of whiskey and spice.

The flavor is well rounded though slightly sweet, with notes of whiskey. Overall it is crisp, clean, bright and refreshing.

The carbonation is just right, while the alcohol has a slightly numbing effect on the tongue. Somewhat astringent with a booziness.

Independence Day is good as intended as a drink between friends on a hot summer day.

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber hue with a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is zesty citrus,oak,lemons,candy and mustiness,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of zesty citrus aged in oak,lemons,candy,ripe peaches,caramel and the finish is neutral neither sweet,dry or bitter and overall ive never really rated this brewery with pretty much everything aged in some oak for bad results but this one is above average and easier to drink then their other brews cheers.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've always thought that Innis and Gunn beers are a bit out of balance and that the oaking was more of a schtick than something that was intrinsic to the beer at hand. I'd say that this beer is pretty much par for the course- not bad, and the oak flavors are fairly nice to start, but they tire the palate after a 1/2 a glass, and there are really none of the promised hops to help balance everything out. This beer pretty much underlines why you need more than just a few sips of beer at a beer event to review something. After a couple of ounces, I think I'd score this a fair bit higher than after finishing the whole glass. All that being said, it's not a terrible beer by any stretch. There is a bit too much oak, but the oak doesn't hit you over the head. The malt dominates any hoppiness here, but it's a gentle, warming, caramel malt that's quite pleasant. Probably the best thing about this beer, though, is the lovely, creamy mouthfeel and finish. This along with some dried fruit notes makes it a pleasant digestif overall.

Photo of jlenik
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice dark amber color with a strong tan head.

s: vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, candy sweetness. Kind of like a beefed up version of the regular I&G.

t: lot's of oak and vanilla taste. caramel sweetness follows. biscuity malt flavors come through as well. not a tad bitter. again this is like a slightly beefed up version of the regular.

m: creamy and really smooth. Incredibly smooth for the style.

o: I'm a fan of the original Innis and Gunn (some of the others I can do without) but this is by far my favorite one. I wish they would throw this into their rotation!

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Independence Day 2912 for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been pretty impressed with this brewery and when I say that they made a beer for Independence day I figured I should try it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date 2012 vintage. Poured from a clear 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is just about the same as their others, but with a blue background, it looks ok. It poured a nice amber color that took on and amber/copper almost caramel like color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some patchy lacing. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with tons of sweet malts that impart some toffee aromas with brown sugar and caramel sticking out the most giving the aroma a high amount of sweetness and there is also a light nutty aroma. Next comes some buttery aromas and some light vanilla and oak aromas. Towards the end I get a lighter amount of noticeable hops that mainly impart an earthy aroma with a slight spicy hop aroma. The aroma is nice, but I wish that the barrel showed up a little more and the it wasn't so sweet, still a nice aroma though.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and starts the same with loads of malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and impart lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavors. Next comes some barrel flavors that stick out a little more then they did in the aroma and impart some nice oak and vanilla flavors. After that I get a little more sweetness then comes the hops which impart some earthy and slightly spicy flavors with a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a sweet and barrel like aftertaste. I like the taste of this beer, the hops were a nice addition, but I feel like the flavors didn't come together as well as they could have, still pretty solid though.

M- Pretty smooth, a little chewy, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but it's not as good as some of their other beers, it felt a little watery.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and an above average example of the style, there are some nice added touches to this beer that keep it from being mediocre. This beer had good drinkability, it went down smoother then expected and the flavor held my attention, but the added sweetness hurts it a little, I might be able to drink two if the sweetness doesn't get to me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the noticeable amount of hops, this beer looked damn good and the added hop aspect helped balance this beer out a little. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and I thought the barrel aspect could show up a little more, but the high sweetness was my biggest complaint, it seems much sweeter then their other beers. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's pretty rare so I don't think I'll see it again, and there's a few other beers from this brewery that I would rather have, but I do recommend giving it a try. All in All this was a solid beer, but lacked that special something that brings everything together and makes it cohesive, I liked it but I would rather have their other beers I have tried, it's a solid but I don't think it's that memorable. I like this one slightly less then the original..

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 11.2oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a moderate head of quickly fading foam.
Aroma-Fruity, sweet malt.
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,caramel, toffee, oakey spiciness. Buttery, creamy mouthfeel. Interesting flavor all around. Would make a nice match for a red-meat Italian dish.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why they still do clear bottles, but hopefully no skunk on this one.

Pours a nice big fizzy fluffy head that reaches about 1.5 fingers before fading at a med to a bit quicker pace, with just a touch of light lacing, over crystal clear auburn maple colored beer.

Nose brings sweet malts and sweeteners galore, caramel and molasses mostly, toffee, little nutty, with a light vanilla buttery barrel aroma, actually as it goes a lot more buttery toasty oak barrel, a touch of oxidation I think, and light esters.

taste starts semi sweet, with more malts, although the barrel flavors really kick in quickly bringing lots of buttery oak, hint of vanilla. Sweeteners like caramel and toffee, molasses, little nutty, etc. Light malt flavors overall, mostly the sweet flavors that even seem to bring a hint of maple syrup. Little sticky and semi sweet, and little syrupy. Light bready yeast flavor on the back end, and hint of oxidation. Finish gets a decent bitterness, with slight dry but not quite, some buttery oak, and even more sweeteners.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall not bad, but almost all their beers are essentially the same, this being a bit more sweet than the others I think, but all have caramel, molasses, maple, and sweet flavors mixed with buttery oak barrel and sometimes oxidation. At least this one isn't skunked.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.19 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark orange-amber body with a medium-small, just off-white head.

Smell: Malted barley contributing bits of bread and bits of biscuit with some sweet-scented caramel and butterscotch. Prototypical Innis & Gunn oak wood. A little dried herb, spice, and lemony citrus is brought to the table by the hops.

Taste: Sweetish, caramel-coated malted barley replete with fresh oak timbers and a light touch of vanilla. Spicy hops, also some zestful, citrusy character. Amply bitter. Slightly buttery. Drying, smooth finish with some lingering spice and diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's an Innis & Gunn -- they all sort of run together for me.

Photo of socon67
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to have this guy on July 4th.

A - Amber pour, with a creme colored foam top. Clarity is good. No lcaing of note.

S - Smells of vanilla, earthy hops, and rum. Are all their beers on rum casks?

T - Flavors of rum again are dominant. Behind that, some vanilla bean, and brown sugar. Kinda wish the rum wasn't so forward.

M - After a glass of this I was done. Just found the rum taste was stuck in my mouth. I get that this is their intent, but I didn't find it so drinkable.

O - Not bad, and I'm sure those that like I&G will appreciate it. Butnot my favorite in a scotch ale.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a good sized khaki colored head that settled to a light layer.

S - sweet vanilla and a bit of oak.

T - lots of oak and vanilla with just a hint of the Williamette hops towards the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O - a good example of the style.

Happy 236th Birthday America!

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Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012 from Innis & Gunn
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.